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An ongoing album of intimate recordings from The Great American, the new musical incarnation of Josh McIlvain of SEXCOP and Josh McIlvain & The Generals of SEXCOP. Sign up to receive your weekly new single via email: eepurl.com/p_qlv

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released May 4, 2015

All songs written by Josh McIlvain

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Track Name: Since You Got A Car
Since you got a car
I never see you at the station
Now you’re never there
For me to think about

The kind of things we’d do together
If we were one
I had lots of fun
Activities planned for us
But perhaps you hated
Perhaps you hated . . .
Trains

Perhaps you hated
Being surrounded by strangers
But are we really strangers
When we see each other every day?

I know I enjoyed
Seeing you every morning at the station
Cause in the city a pretty face
Is like a good view
But I’m so sorry if no one’s face
Brightened your day
Like yours did mine

I liked to think what it’d be like
If you and I got to talking
But I was happy to stay quiet
In case it turned out kind of awkward

I liked to see you
Every morning
And start my day off with a dream
A dream of you and me
But now I’m so sorry
Sorry
Since you’ve got a car
Track Name: The Bandit Romantic
The Bandit Romantic
Is my appellation
Stealing hearts
Is my vocation

I will steal your heart
Put it in my sack
I'm sorry to inform you
I've no plans on putting it back

For I can take it any time
Anytime I feel
I am the Bandit Romantic
I will take it when I will

I'm the Bandit Romantic
Swashbuckler of Love

You are out fox hunting
I swing from a tree
You are in my arms now
The fox shall go free

Night you can't get to sleeping
You're sweating, fidgeting
In vain you demand it
Come Sir Bandit Romantic

For your guarded heart
Is open to me
Like the door to your bedroom
Since I took the key

I'm the Bandit Romantic
Swashbuckler of Love

All the world's armies
Are out to hunt me down
But the homes they left to find me
Is where I can be found

Yes, the king's left his castle
Leaving only the queen
Five will get you ten my friend
If you can guess just where I have been

If you'd like to turn the tables
Baby be my guest
The Bandit Romantic
Is always looking for a Bandit Romantictress

I'm the Bandit Romantic
Swashbuckler of Love
Track Name: Rainy Days
It’s going to rain all Saturday
We’ll have to stay inside
If only we still cared for each other
Then a rainy day would have been nice

But now when darkness fill the room
And raindrops hammer down outside
It only catches us in the gloom
Of love lost in time

Chorus:
I remember rainy day that
We spent in bed
We were happy for rainy days
We were happy for the rain

Now we look for things to do
In separate room in our house
So much old stuff to go through
So many memories to sort out

How did the future appear so fast?
Why isn’t it what we hoped it to be?
Why are all our good times in past photographs?
When did it become too late for our old dreams?

Chorus

Rainy days
Won't you go
Won't you go away
Track Name: Acting Cool
You went with that guy
That nobody else likes
And it seems that all your friends
Have become distant
He wasn’t part of your world
And honey you broke the circle
But they closed the gap
Now they won’t let you back

Everybody's acting cool
They're acting cool on you

Because they don’t approve
Of what you’re doing
You know your new way of life
It's just not in style

You try not to care
You say, hey, there’s a lesson there
But it hurts that those you thought were friends
Use your name in the past tense
That means you’re history

Everybody’s acting cool
They’re acting cool on you

And when you fight with your man
Who’s to comfort your crying
You know he’s the reason
That you are out of season

But one day you will see
It’s okay believe me
Let them keep acting cool
One day they’re gonna grow up
And feel pretty stupid

Everybody’s acting cool
They’re acting cool on you
Track Name: LoveEasy
I wish I’d known not to compromise
But I used to do it all the time
Time, I wasted so much time
Thinking one more try would set things right

When a lover ties you up inside
Maybe you just don’t get along
If you’ve waited years to get it right
It’s time to move on

So many years I slept through
But I woke up when I met you
Because with you everything was right
The day and the night

When love is hard
And it only hurts your heart
Well I used to think
That was a love worth hanging on to
But when love comes easy
You don’t have to try so hard to hang on
You can go ahead, put your feet up
It will carry you along

I used to forget what I wanted
And I’d just make do
I’m so glad that I stop doing that
In time to meet you

When love is hard
And it only hurts your heart
Well I used to think
That was a love worth hanging on to
But when love comes easy
You don’t have to try so hard to hang on
You can go ahead, put your feet up
It will carry you along
Track Name: The Avenue of Ex-Girlfriends
Avenue of Ex-girlfriends

You're cruising down the Avenue of Ex-Girlfriends
Wondering what you'd be doing if you were with them
Memories you once held precious
No one to share them with

On the avenue today
The girlfriends step out and wave
But they’re not there to wave hello
And you're still driving solo

The avenue of ex-girlfriends
You like to visit now and then
Don’t think so much about the leaving
Only the what might have been

As your car goes slowly by
The girls all go back inside
They look as good as the days you parted
And they don’t seem broken hearted

The avenue of ex-girlfriends
Seems a road without an end
Even when you find it to
You're gonna turn around and drive back through

Springtime and flowers
Are all gone

You're cruising down the avenue . . .
Track Name: Another Dream
Another dream
Down the drain
What you gonna do?

Another scheme
That was hare-brained
Are you surprised that it fell through

You thought you'd build a city
From a small town
But the people turned you down

Then they made it clear
You were
To disappear

The girl you dated
Was so ashamed
But she said she'd get over you as soon
As you went away

So you packed your bags
And hit the highway
Now your only friend
Is the horizon

But buddy don't you know
The horizon's not your friend
For if you chase the horizon
Your chase will never end

You thought you were better
Than all those sales jobs
But there was a good reason
That you lost them all

You've always said
The horizon was your friend
But if you chase the horizon
Your chase will never end
Track Name: Please Don't Go
Oh baby please don't go
Don't you go away from here
Oh baby please don't go
Don't you go away from here

Because I've loved you for so long
And I don't want to be alone
Yes, I've loved you for so long
And I'm old enough to know
Love doesn't grow on trees
The way it used to

Oh baby please don’t go . . .

Whatever demons may have come
Can’t you get rid of them?
Whatever demons may have come
Can’t you get rid of them . . .
Some other way
Than to go away?


Oh baby please don’t go . . .

Don’t know if you’ve got a place to go
Or someone that you’re going to
All I know is that I can’t stand here on this front porch
And wish the best for you
When all I want
Is to have you here

Lyrics and music by Josh McIlvain
Track Name: My Baby Doesn't Drink Till She Falls Down
My Baby Doesn’t Drink Till She Falls Down

My baby doesn’t drink till she falls down
But that’s okay
Because I like to have her around
To pick me up when I get drunk
And fall down
It’s safer that way

My baby does not snort cocaine
(Even if it’s free) some might say that’s a shame
But I say it just means
More cocaine
For everybody

My baby she will drink a glass of wine
Sometimes a couple but that’s all
She’s not living to forget
And nor am I
At least no so much since we first we first met

My baby doesn’t party until dawn
She may have once
But she’s moved on
She likes her sleep she likes her dreams
She likes to wake up ready for what the new day brings

People ask me how’d you get that girl
When you are not exactly what I’d call a stellar guy
I don’t ask why
I don’t care
All I know is that she is a keeper

So what if so much of my life has been wrong turns
When I come home I come home to her
And then we have each other
And wrong turns
No longer matter.

Words and music by Josh McIlvain
Track Name: My Pants Were Just Along For The Ride
My pants were just along for the ride
Not sure why they're still on now
My pants were just along for the ride
And it feels like they've been on forever

My pants were just along for the ride
Never thought they'd be on all night
My pants were just along for the ride
And they are starting to feel a little tight

And if you never take them off
You'll never get my big surprise
Got your name stitched inside
Followed by a welcome and thank you
From the bottom of my heart

I made a promise to my pants
That they would come off
By your warm and loving hand

My pants were just along for the ride . . .
Track Name: i love
i love

I love the way you smile
Mountains in the background
Loving your heart

I love the way you smile
Oceans in the background
Loving your heart

I love the way you smile
Backyard in the background
Loving your heart

I love the way you smile
City in the background
Loving your heart

I love the way you smile
Fortress in the background
Loving your heart

I love the way you smile
Paintings in the background
Loving your heart

I love the way you smile
Sun sets in the background
Loving your heart

I love the way you smile
Children in the background
Loving your heart

I love the way you smile
Moonlight in the background
Loving your heart
Track Name: My Office (no more)
I used to talk about my office
As if it were really mine
I’d say oh, you work near my office
We should meet for lunch sometime

Yes, I used to toss about my office
As if the words were made of gold
I never thought that if words were golden
They still wouldn’t weigh a thing

My office isn’t mine anymore
Ever since my office showed me the door
I walk around like a puppy that’s lost
Give me back my office
Give me back my office

Yes, I used to start sentences
“Well at my office”
There was so much to talk about
There was so much to talk about

Did you hear about that new restaurant, near my office?
Did I tell you what a good view, I’ve got from my office?
Did you see the new girl who sits across from my office?
Did I tell you what we did, what we did today, at my office?

My office isn’t mine anymore
Ever since my office showed me the door
I walk around like a puppy that’s lost
Give me back my office
Give me back my office

I used to talk about the office
As if it were really mine
I’d say oh, you work near my office
We should meet for lunch sometime
Track Name: Star Now
You're a star in the sky
I point you out to all my friends
I say I knew him when
He was just an ordinary guy

Secretly hoping
Dreaming great plans
While you were smoking and drinking
On the back porch

Fill the trashcan
With scrap wood
Light a fire watch the sparks fly
As the sun goes down

You're a star in the sky
I point you out to all my friends
I say I knew him when
He was just an ordinary guy

You're a star
You were my friend
With a secret hope
To get yourself to heaven

Yeah, just an ordinary guy
Till you burst into
A great big flame till you
Rose up into the sky
Where you'll stay

You're a star in the sky
I point you out to all my friends
I say I knew him when
He was just an ordinary guy

You're a star now
Track Name: You're Beautiful
Baby don't you know you're beautiful
I love you I love you
Baby don't you know you're beautiful
I love you I love you
So beautiful it's true
There's nothing in the world I wouldn't do for you

Baby don't you know you're wonderful
So lovely so lovely
Baby don't you know you're wonderful
So lovely so lovely
So wonderful and free
There's no one in the world that I'd rather you be

When you're away I miss you so
So lonely so lonely
When you're away I miss you so
So lonely and blue
I know sometimes you must go
But I'm oh so happy when you run back home

Baby don't you know you're beautiful
I love you I love you
Baby don't you know you're beautiful
I love you I love you
So beautiful it's true
There's nothing in the world I wouldn't do for you
Track Name: Another Old Boyfriend
Another old boyfriend

She used to whisper in my ear
I was her one and only
No other man she’d ever truly loved
Till she met me

She said, I want to be with you
Forever and forever
Because nothing could be better
Than us together

Now I’m just
Another old boyfriend she complains about
Just like Scott and Theo
Zack and Mike and Leo
Once I was her greatest love
Now I was never good enough
All memories lurid tales of my failings

Together we were happier
Than either had ever been before
All our past relationships mistakes
We could laugh at because we were together

All other couples were inferior to the love we shared
We pitied all our friends who didn’t share a love like ours
True happiness comes from perfect love
And our love was perfect

Now I’m just
Another old boyfriend she complains about
Just like Steve and Louie
Brad and Stan and Huey
Once I was her greatest love
Now I was never good enough
All memories lurid tales of my failings

Now I feel so stupid
To think she was the one
Now I think about it
She really wasn’t much fun

She always drive me crazy
Everything thing she did
Every petty thing she said
And all the secrets she hid

Now she’s
Another old girlfriend I complain about
Like Rhonda, Kate, Sofia
Charlize, Taylor, and Mila
Once she was my greatest love
Now she was never good enough
All memories lurid tales of her failings
Track Name: The Sun
I want to feel
The sun
I want to feel
I want to feel
The sun
On me
Because I am tired
And I am cold
And I've lost hope
That we can be
Together
Yes I've lost hope
That we
Can be
Together
I want to feel
I want to feel
The sun
On me
On me
Track Name: Atlantic City
Cocaine
Whores
Atlantic City
Track Name: The Worst Thing
It wouldn’t be the worst thing
In the world
It wouldn’t be the worst thing
In the world
If you and I
Fell in love
It wouldn’t be the worst thing
It might be pretty good

It wouldn’t be the worst thing
In the world
It wouldn’t be the worst thing
In the world
If you and I
Had some fun
If you and I fell in love
It might be pretty good
It might be pretty good

No fairy tales, no guarantees
No perfect sunsets never-ending
They won't put us on TV
They won't make our love a Broadway show

But it would not be
The worst thing

It might be pretty good
It might be pretty good
It might be pretty good

It wouldn’t be the worst thing
In the world . . .
Track Name: Parker Posey
I wonder what Parker Posey is up to
These days whoa-whoa
I wonder what Parker Posey is up to
These days

Maybe she would take a walk with me
Around the block
and tell me
all about what she's got going on

I wonder what Parker Posey is up to
These days whoa-whoa
I wonder what Parker Posey is up to
These days

You know I once invited her to a party
On the phone she said no thanks
I think I'm going to spend
The weekend
Here in Brooklyn
Hanging with my friends

Chorus

I would like to tell her it's so cool
How she never sold out
And she might say something cool like
People do things for different reasons

I might say you know we lived
In New York at the same time
And she might say is that right
It's nice to know I wasn't alone in New York

Chorus

I know she's just as cool as she ever was
Because that's just the way she was
I know she's just as cool as she ever was
Because that's just the way she was
Track Name: Sleep On That
The Earth won't care
Whatever you do
The Earth will keep on
Moving on without you

And the sun will still rise
On a poisoned sky
The seas won't mind
If nothing is living within them

It's only us who will die
So sleep on that tonight

Up will still be up
And down will still be down
So you better wake up
Before you don't wake up

The wind will still blow
On a land without people
And the stars will still shine bright
For the other stars at night

It's only us who will die
So sleep on that tonight

(vamp)
Track Name: Happy Donuts
Happy Donuts

When all those you love
Are gone from your life
Happy Donuts

When you’ve miles to go
Though the cold and the snow
And the wind chills your bones
Happy Donuts

When you’ve made some wrong turns
Now you’re floating to nowhere
Happy Donuts

When you’re poor and tired
Too tired to think
All you want is a drink to bridge you
To tomorrow

Happy Donuts to you

When you’re kids go to school
Where you fear for their lives
Happy donuts

When you lose on a bet
When you get your paycheck
But now you can’t make the rent
Happy Donuts

When you can’t see the light
Through the darkness of life
Happy donuts

When you swallow your pride
And you ask for help
Your friends say find someone else

Happy Donuts to you

When death haunts your block
Tick-tock
Happy donuts

When all your memories
Seem polluted by grief
Happy donuts

When you’re in a chair
And they wheel you in the sun
And leave you by the highway
To watch the cars go by
Happy donuts

Words by Josh McIlvain
Track Name: (Saving All My Fun For) The Afterlife
(Saving All My Fun For) The Afterlife

Saving all my fun for the afterlife
Saving all my fun for the afterlife
Saving all my fun for the afterlife
The afterlife

I want to suffer I want to cry
To hurt and be hurt Then I want to die
Because I'm saving all my fun for the afterlife
The afterlife

Who needs laughter who needs love
I'll get it all when I'm dead and gone
I don't want to party, don't want to celebrate
I'm only drinking to fuel my hate

Let them get their happiness, let them have the girl
It'll be my turn when I'm done with this world
I'm saving all my fun for the afterlife
The afterlife

The afterlife is where the good times are going to be
Don't ask me how I know I just know
When I get to heaven the good times
Are going to roll

So all you people can scream and shout
Shake and shimmy and dance all about
I'm just going to sit here and wait it out
I'm saving all my fun for the afterlife

I've saving all my good times for when I die
I'm saving all my fun for the afterlife
The afterlife

It better be there for me . . .
Track Name: On the Beach
You meet up in Mexico
She tells you things you didn’t want to know
Still you tell all your secrets
You always thought better not to tell

You laugh because . . .
You never thought you’d be part of such a scene
But for all that it’s a scream
Margaritas on the beach

It’ll end one day and maybe
It won’t end that great
But you won’t hate yourself for saying
They were some of the best times of your life

On the beach, on the beach . . .

All your promises back home
Are washed out by the sun and sea
But it is not a painful thing
It happens with such ease

You ask what took so long
She says she just met someone
You say another one
What happens when our boyfriend come
She says we still have three days

It's a time of no regrets
She says no regrets
And raises her glass
To the man in red trunks.

On the beach, on the beach . . .

She's so confident in her good times
Conspiracy in every smile
And you can't help but go along
You're just having too much fun

Why are we so different?
You wonder, so happy and so free
To live like we'd never be
At home we dream so differently

What a time you had in Mexico
Too bad you left it all behind
With a simple trick of geography
A different person you could be

On the beach, on the beach . . .

And later you will look back
At your photographs of sunsets
And far off in the distance
You will hear the waves and laughter
On the beach
Track Name: One Day in Rome
One Day in Rome

Next year
We might have to settle for home
But I promise one day
We’re gonna do it in Rome
Yeah, one day we’re gonna do it in Rome
We're gonna do it like it's never been done
Till then I will keep whisperin'
My fifteen words of bad Italian

Right now Rome looks
So far away
But I promise
We will find a way
Yeah, one day we’re gonna do it in Rome
Till then we'll sit and plan our trip
We will pick out every little spot
Where we're gonna do it in Rome

Next year
We might have to settle for home
But I promise one day
We’re gonna do it in Rome
We might not make it today
We might not make it tomorrow
But right here right now I'm letting it be known
One day we’re gonna do it Rome

One day
We may have to take out a loan
But it’ll be worth it with interest
When we do it in Rome
Yeah one day we’re gonna do it in Rome
Send postcards to ourselves at home
So we'll always know how one day
We did it in Rome
Track Name: Sunny Day
I’m sitting in the sun
And it’s January
(Hooray for a sunny day)
Been freezing for a month
And worse is sure to come
(Hooray for a sunny day)

Called work this morning
And coughed a little bit
Said, can’t make it in
Boss I’m so sick

I’m gonna sit in my backyard
And drink beer all day
The next chance I get
Won’t be till May

Step outside in the sun
Baby let’s get our drinking on
(Hooray for a sunny day)
I’m sitting in the sun
And it’s January
(Hooray for a sunny day)

It’s a warm January day
Yeah, a warm January day

I’m gonna fall asleep
In my lawn chair
With a happy buzz
And breathing that sweet warm air.
People gonna smell the smoke
From our barbecue
They’re gonna get so jealous
They’re gonna fire there’s up too

I’m sitting in the sun
And it’s January
(Hooray for a sunny day)
Been freezing for a month
And worse is sure to come
(Hooray for a sunny day)
Track Name: Love in the Afternoon
Love in the Afternoon

Dance me to the stars
Fly me to the moon
Such beautiful dreams but whatever we do
Must have love in the afternoon

I want a good job
I want to get ahead but
It's only works for me if I still get
Love in the afternoon

Love in the afternoon

I wanna save the planet
I wanna save it soon you know
Without the planet there can be
No love in the afternoon

Give me justice for all
Give me peace on earth
And if you don't mind for its equal worth
Give me love in the afternoon

Love in the afternoon

Not the first song about this
Remember Afternoon Delight?
Yeah, with so much wrong in the world
We need some songs about what is right,

And it is nice,
Helps you get up and fight

Life is not easy
We've got some hard work to do
But you need the things that keep you going too
You need love in the afternoon
Track Name: Marriage Made in Drinking
Marriage Made in Drinking

It was a marriage made
In drinking
You ask
What were they thinking?
They didn’t think
Too much
They were
Drunk


Drunk from start
To finish
Preferred their whiskey
And their Guinness
But in truth
no matter at all
As long as it
Had alcohol

It was a marriage made
In drinking
At the time
They were convincing
Inseparable
From each other
Like their glasses
From their hands

They had
In common
The desire to
Reach the bottom
To shout
To laugh
To tell the world to
Hey, kiss my ass

A battle of joy
And ire
Soon the
Joy expired
Then years
Of anger
They could not
Drink away

It was a marriage made
In drinking
It lasted longer
Than some were thinking
But then
They were too drunk
To make up
Their minds

Yes their marriage
Is now over
They’re separate
Though not sober
Now each one
Drinks alone
To forget
The other
Track Name: Do Better
Do Better

Prison is worse
But we could do better
War is worse
But we could do better
We could do better
Than this

Bombs are worse
But we could do better
Earthquakes worse
But we could do better
We could do better
Than this

Drowning is worse
But we could do better
Hitler was worse
But we could do better
We could do better
Than this

We could do better
Do better than better
Than the all the worst
Things in the world

Slavery is worse
But we could do better
Famine is worse
But we could do better
We could do better
Than this
Track Name: Walk a Mile in My Shoes (lucky)
Walk a Mile in My Shoes (You should be so Lucky)

You say you understand
Just what kind of man I am
My friend you have no clue
Walk a mile in my shoes

You talk like you know me
And you want to show me
Just how you got me pegged
And you ain’t even known me for a day

Walk a mile in my shoes
You should be so lucky
Cause these are the best shoes
A human being
Ever put his feet in

Walk a mile in mile shoes
It just might stop your losing
Course it ain’t just the shoes
You got to know how to use them

Sure you like to dismiss me
Say the world would not miss me
But I think you’ve confused
Me with your own issues

The skies won’t part for you
Till you walk a mile in my shoes

Walk a mile in my shoes
You should be so lucky
Cause these are the best shoes
A human being
Ever put his feet in

Yeah, my shoes
Can do no wrong
When I walk
The earth is happy to be stepped upon

Walk a mile in my shoes
Track Name: To Georgia
I'm going south . . . to Georgia
I'm going south . . . to Georgia


I'm going to Georgia and
I will tell you all about it when
I get home
When I get home

Yes, I got a phone call telling me I got to go to Georgia
A complicated problem I need to deal that's grown up down in Georgia
But I promise I'll be back it's just a thing I've got to do
I can't tell you what it is, first I've got to find out if it's true

I'm going to Georgia and
I will tell you all about it when
I get home G
When I get home G D

I don't know what I'll find there
Don't know if I'll come back alone
It may be nothing I don't know
I can only find out if I go

I'm going to Georgia and
I will tell you all about it when
I get home
When I get home
Track Name: Blue Room
I sit in the Blue Room
With a beer, a cigarette
I sit here in the Blue Room
My Friend hasn't gotten here yet.

It's cold in here
Though summer has come
The light is low in here
Though outside there's sun

Why do we worry
It's going to come undone
Why do we worry
It's going to come undone
Anyway

I sit in the Blue Room
With a beer, a cigarette
I sit here in the Blue Room
My Friend hasn't gotten here yet.

It's cold in here
Though summer has come
The light is low in here
Though outside there's sun

Why do we worry
It's going to come undone
Why do we worry
It's going to come undone
Anyway
No matter the moon or sun
It's going to come undone
No matter we stay or run
So baby let's run

run run run